So there I was, looking for all the world like a terrorist, at least to anyone peeping through the window. I had a large vat into which I was pouring clear liquid, white powder and a substance that looked suspiciously like coagulated blood.

I was infact manufacturing sloe gin. The white powder in question was sugar and the fact that the berries were wound-coloured and got everywhere made it look like a prematurely detonated IED. In one week the mixture should have matured into some sort of drinkable form.